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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 19

You can see a new exhibit or check out a play about love, poverty and power.


If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

Grown-ups might not "get it," but subjects like bugs and poop can make history lessons a little more palatable for middle schoolers. Author Sarah Albee says she writes books for her inner 12-year-old.

Revolution, Fatherhood And 5 Years In The Middle East

From 2008 to 2013, Nathan Deuel and his family lived in the Middle East. His new memoir about his experience is titled Friday Was the Bomb.

What's In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla's Iconic Sound

The roar in the 1954 original was the sound of a leather glove coated in pine-tar resin being dragged over a double bass. Each film since has tweaked the recipe.

A Big Break Realized Amidst Fluorescent Lights and Slurpee Machines

For Terry Boring, he found his big break while working a dead-end job at a convenience store in Pittsburgh.

Putting A Face Behind The 'Sting Of The Drone'

NPR's Lynn Neary talks to former national coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism Richard A. Clarke. He's written a new thriller, Sting of the Drone, a fictional look at the U.S. drone program.

Novel Humanizes The 'Hyena Of The Gestapo'

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is the latest novel by author Francine Prose. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Prose about her novel, set in Paris from the 1920s to the end of World War II.

New Initiative Aims To Encourage Diversity In Kids' Publishing

A nonprofit organization called First Book is planning to buy up and distribute thousands of childrens' books in order to convince publishers that a market exists for diverse characters and cultures.

Shifting Images: Cleaning Up Amsterdam And Controversial Art

Eugene Robinson, deputy editor of the online magazine Ozy, tells Tess Vigeland how Amsterdam is shaping up the red light district and about a New Orleans homicide detective who is an artist by day.

In 'Clash Of The Financial Pundits,' Clarity For The Investor?

Millions of Americans get their financial advice from high-profile pundits on talk radio and cable television. The new book Clash of the Financial Pundits looks at how they affect our investments.